iTunes Match and Local Matched Song Syncing

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Gizmotoy, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. Gizmotoy
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    Nov 6, 2003
    I recently signed up for iTunes Match and got decent results for my library. Using some guides online, I then used iTunes to replace some of my lower quality CD rips from back in the 128kbps days to Matched M4As.

    When I then sync my iOS devices, I noticed that these new matched copies did not sync automatically via iTunes. In fact, they showed up as greyed-out entries in the Music app (iOS 6).

    I can turn on iTunes Match on the device and download them from the store no problem, but what happens if I stop subscribing to Match? Will iTunes refuse to locally sync the Match M4As if I let my subscription lapse? I'm starting to think replacing my old copies wasn't such a good idea.

    Did any early adopters let their subscription lapse? What has your experience been?
  2. From A Buick 8
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    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
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    Not to be too far off topic, what online guides did you use.
  3. HazyCloud
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    Jun 30, 2010
    Here's a good one from Macworld.

    OP, syncing it basically turned off if you have Match enabled. Why not just use Match on your iOS devices? I still have Match so I can't test syncing matched songs, but I can say I've synced matched songs to my wife's iPhone just fine.
  4. Gizmotoy
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    Nov 6, 2003
    I hadn't enabled Match on my device, so it was still syncing locally.

    The point was, as I mentioned, can you sync downloaded Matched songs after your subscription lapses if you've replaced your originals with Matched tracks?

    If you were able to sync a matched track to another iPhone I would think I'd be ok and it was just some weirdness with the process. I was just worried that since I replaced my library with matched tracks I'd be locked in to the service indefinitely.

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